Know Rights & Responsibilities

Grade 10 Civics

In a society such as Canada's , we have a number of rights, but with those rights come responsibilities to do certain things . In order to have a truly free society, we must understand our rights and responsibilities.

5 Important Rights and Freedoms and Their Responsibilities

1. Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.

This right means as Canadian citizen, you have the right to vote for Members of Parliament (M.P's). It also means you can vote for Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments. As Canadian citizens it is our responsibility to vote for the representative of the party you think is the best government to have in Canada. This right is important because our votes determine who will be the Mayor, Premier , and Prime Minister. As a part of a democratic government we have the right to vote (Democratic Right).

2.Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

This right means, every citizen in Canada is to be treated equally. None better than the other. Every citizen is equal because we are all humans. As Canadian citizens it is our responsibility to not discriminate people based on their sex, race, religion, age, nation, or mental or physical disabilities. This right is important because we are all humans we should be treated equally.This is an equality right.

3.Freedom of conscience and religion.

This right means that any citizen can believe in any religion they want. We don't all have to believe in the same religion. It is our responsibilities to not discriminate people if they believe in a different religion than you do. This right is important because Canada is multicultural and different cultures have different religions.

4.Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.

This right or freedom means we have the freedom state our thought, opinion and expression without anyone judging or discriminating one another. This is also the freedom of speech. It is our responsibilities as Canadian citizens to use this freedom correctly and not to abuse the freedom of speech. This right is important because this allows us to state our own opinions and thoughts to others.

5. Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.

This right means any Canadian citizen has the right to leave, enter and stay in Canada without permission of the Government. Also you can move to any province or city without the Governments permission. It is our responsibility as Canadian citizens to explore Canada without having to ask the Government. It is also our responsibility not to abuse this right.
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